Heritage Week in Dublin 4

Heritage Week begins in the coming days, and here we have a guide to the events happening in the area.

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Morehampton Grove Bioblitz
A fun activity for all ages, participants will be searching for and recording as much wildlife as they can find in a small woodland area of Donnybrook, An Taisce’s Morehampton Grove property on Wellington Place. All are welcome to this event which will set a baseline for future biodiversity assessments by An Taisce. This search for local wildlife such as sparrowhawks, foxes and frogs will run from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 28th. Admission is free and no booking is required.

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Discover Ireland’s Printing Heritage – Free Guided Tours of National Print Museum
From the 22nd to the 26th, the National Print Museum will host two daily guided tours from 11.30am to 12.30pm and from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. The former is intended for adults and the latter for families, and booking is essential. Bookings can be made by emailing info@nationalprintmuseum.ie or calling 086 1249456.

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Printfest: Family Fun Day
From 12pm to 4pm on Sunday 21st, visitors of the National Print Museum can take part in a fun family event where they learn about the everyday life of a young apprentice in the traditional print industry. Anyone wishing to attend is advised to check upon arrival that they have parked in the correct area, as there is limited parking within the Barracks and clamping is in operation within residential parking spaces. Admission is free and booking is not required.

National Print Museum Print Industry Reminiscence
The National Print Museum’s volunteers will be taking members of the public down memory lane during the print industry reminisce hour, where they will be telling tales of printing days of old. This event will be hosted on Thursday 25th from 6pm to 7pm, and the same parking restrictions from Printfest apply. Admission is free and booking is not required.

Donnybrook Patriot Trail Walk
Kevin Flood will lead a free walking tour of people and places in Donnybrook associated with the 1916 Rising. The tour will stop at the former homes of patriots such as Joseph Plunkett, The O’Rahilly, Eamonn De Valera, and Eoin MacNeill. It will run from the 20th to the 27th, beginning each day at 2pm in at Beaver Row footbridge. Admission is free and booking is not required.

Memories of the Waterways
The Ruth Delany Collection will be showcased at the Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre on the Grand Canal Dock on Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th from 10am to 4pm. Exploring the landscapes and heritage of Ireland’s inland waterways, the photographs were collected by Delany during her research for the various publications that she had produced on the waterways.

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Beggars Bush Barracks 1916 Rising Walking Tour
To mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, the National Print Museum have organised a walking tour of the Beggars Bush Barracks and the surrounding area, during which its involvement in Easter Week 1916 will be detailed. The walk is set to take place on August 27th from 2.30pm to 3.30pm, with free admission and no booking required.

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Donnybrook 1916-2016: Pub Quiz
Test your knowledge of Donnybrook in a pub quiz in Kiely’s Pub on August 24th from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. The quiz will cover local events, characters, shops, landmarks and celebrities of the Donnybrook area over the past century. While admission is free, it is suggested that each person donate €5 for charity. Prebooking is suggested but not essential, and can be done be emailing Glendacimino1@gmail.com or calling 086 1249456.

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The Doctor, the Countess and the Organist: 1916 Tales from St. John’s Church, Sandymount
St. John’s Church and it’s people have a strong connection to the events of 1916, and over several days it will host an exhibition exploring this. Focusing mainly around the dissonant narratives of Dr Charles de Burgh Daly and organist Cathal Mac Dubhghaill, it will be recited by organist Eoghan Ward and uileann piper Fionn Ó hAlmhain. The exhibition will run from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th, from 10pm to 4pm on the first three days and 12pm to 5pm on the fourth.

Open Church
Consecrated in 1967, St. Bartholomew’s Church on Clyde Rd. is still one of the country’s finest examples of ‘high church’ Episcopal architecture. The building is currently undergoing major conservation and restoration works, and there will be detailed information boards available on Saturday 20th from 10am to 12pm. There will also be displays featuring parish magazines from 1916. Admission is free and no booking is required.

The Queen’s Theatre
Built as the Adelphi Theatre in 1829, the Queen’s Theatre on Pearse Street will allow the public to relive its history with award winning writer Cecil Allen. Hear about the plays celebrating Irish heroes and historical characters like St. Patrick, Wolfe Tone and Robert Emmet at Pearse Street Library on Wednesday 24th at 6.30pm. Admission is free though booking is required by emailing pearsestreetlibrary@dublincity.ie or calling 01 674 4888.

Grand Canal Walk
Over the course of the entire week, members of the public will be able to learn about the Battle of Mount Street in 1916 and learn about the Grand Canal and its history during a walk across the length of the Grand Canal from Mount Street to the Grand Canal Theatre. No booking is required and the walks are free, though donations are encouraged so that Royal Canal Amenity Group can continue to organize similar events and promote the canals and their tourism potential. The schedule is as follows:

21st August 16:00 to 17:30
22nd August 19:00 to 20:30
23rd August 14:00 to 15:30
24th August 14:00 to 15:30
25th August 12:30 to 14:00
25th August 19:00 to 20:30
28th August 12:30 to 14:00
28th August 19:00 to 20:30

Ireland – a thriving, socially inclusive sustainable haven?
Travel writer and documentary maker Manchán Magan presents a talk examining issues such as community supported farms and bakeries, woodlands for timber and flood prevention. It will take place in Pembroke Library on Anglesea Road from 6.30pm to 7.45pm on Tuesday 23rd. Admission is free though booking is required, and can be done by via email at pembrokelibrary@dublincity.ie or by phone at 01 668 9575.

More information on these events can be found at http://www.heritageweek.ie/.

By Kevin Carney

All images provided by Niamh Donnellan (Heritage Council)